A new BirdLife report, Building Partnerships: Working together for conservation and development, looks at the many different alliances which have enabled BirdLife partners around the world to achieve their goals.
Based on a review of 16 case studies, the report examines the nature of the relationships BirdLife partners have formed, and explores the importance of these "cross-sectoral" alliances in delivering biodiversity conservation, promoting sustainable use of natural resources, and improving the livelihoods of local communities living in and around Important Bird Areas (IBAs). It identifies some of the difficulties and challenges of working in partnership, and summarises the key lessons learned.
These alliances have proved to be a powerful tool for delivering conservation, promoting sustainable use of natural resources, and improving the livelihoods of local communities living in and around IBAs. "Among other benefits, working in such partnerships exposes BirdLife to new approaches and so widens our outlook on problem-solving," said the report's co-author and editor David Thomas, head of the site action unit at BirdLife International.
"This is, of course, a two-way process, and the organisations we have worked with have benefited equally from the BirdLife partnership's rapidly growing body of conservation and development expertise." He added, "The primary purpose of the report is to share experiences and support lesson-learning within the BirdLife International Partnership. But because the lessons learned are of broad relevance to those working on biodiversity conservation and development issues, we are also offering them to a wider audience."